Backup Generators for Hotels and Resorts

Hotels and resorts rely on providing the best level of service possible in order to create a memorable experience for their guests in order to promote their business, increase reputation, and to market their brand. From the decorum, the level of customer service, amenities, the overall experience must meet or exceed expectations of guests in order to thrive in the business of hospitality.

There is no doubt that hospitality management teams evaluate and implement protocol that aim to elevate the level of enjoyable and memorable experiences for guests, but there is one undeniable truth for hotels and resorts – one single bad experience can ruin a guest’s time spent at the hotel or resort and leave a long-lasting negative impression. This can then carry forward to reviews of your hotel or resort and can carry onto word of mouth, potentially damaging your hotel or resort’s reputation.

While many hotels are prepared to handle most situations that arise, what happens in the event of a power outage? Are your employees prepared to face this type of situation, should it occur?

A single power outage can cause guests to become angry or frustrated or even scared, bringing along more challenges to an already chaotic situation. Even if every single aspect of the hotel or resort experience is flawless, a power outage could change a guest’s perception in an instant.

Hotel management needs to make sure they have a plan put in place so that they can continue to operate, even in the event of a power outage. It’s already widely known that the U.S. power grid has aged and is failing due to the increase in energy demands on the power grid network. There have been increasing numbers of rolling brownouts or complete blackouts due to power grid failure, adding on top of that – potential super storms, severe Winter weather storms, natural disasters, or man-made disasters could bring down the power grid for not just your area, but the entire region.

Even if your hotel or resort has established a thorough emergency plan in the event of a power outage, there is nothing compared to the moment that it actually happens. When planning for emergency situations, such as power outages, hotels and resorts should include a backup power system initiative in their planning strategy.

Backup Generators – A Sound Choice

A popular and common choice for a backup power system is a commercial generator. The two most common types of commercial generators are diesel generators and natural gas generators. Depending on the size and output rating (how much electrical power can be generated), a commercial generator can not only keep the lights on, but it can keep computer systems, servers, and other key components to the hotel infrastructure running. Larger commercial generators can generally handle all of the basic necessities, but can possibly also power refrigeration, security, and internet systems. These generators can also be equipped with an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS for short), so that the generator will kick in within seconds of power loss.

If space is an issue and you are unable to install a stationary backup generator in or around the hotel or resort, a portable rental generator can be a great alternative.

More information on portable rental generators can be found here: Benefits of Portable Rental Generators

What is the Difference Between Diesel or Natural Gas Generators?

The biggest difference that determines which generator to go with is simple – What fuel source will you be using? Will you be using diesel or natural gas to power the generator?

Though there are a number of items to consider when choosing a commercial generator, we’ll briefly cover some of the most important factors:

Initial Cost
The upfront cost of purchasing and installing a commercial generator.

Fuel Costs
How much fuel the generator consumes/how much fuel is required to run for X number of days.

Repair & Maintenance Costs
While both diesel and natural gas generators should be maintained regularly, diesel generators are more attractive for businesses, because they require very little maintenance when compared to their counterparts.

Fuel Storage
Natural gas generators do not need to store fuel, because they are usually connected to the main gas pipeline. As long as there are no interruptions with your utility service, the generator will be able to run and function whenever it is required.

Diesel generators require a tank that is attached to the unit. If the generator has a smaller tank, then the generator will have to be refueled more frequently to ensure continued power. This may result in the need to store additional diesel fuel reserves on premises or secure a steady delivery of diesel fuel, including in the event of an emergency.

Diesel fuel is among the least flammable of all fossil fuels. Due to its liquid state and natural odor, it’s unlikely a diesel leak would go unnoticed. If that occurs, it’s relatively safe to clean up.

Natural gas is highly combustible and can explode if concentrated and exposed to an ignition source or even a spark. Natural gas is also extremely toxic to inhale in significant quantities.

Diesel generators produce a lot of noise at high decibels that can be dangerous to the human ear, whereas natural gas generators run more quietly.

Both generator types can benefit from a sound-attenuated enclosure to reduce noise.

There are a number of other factors to consider when choosing a commercial generator, such as emissions and durability.

More information on these facts and in-depth information for the listed points above can be found here:

Are There Specific Guidelines When Installing A Generator For Hotels and Resorts?

In addition to adhering to local building codes, regional EPA, and state guidelines, hotels and resorts must also adhere to the National Electrical Code (NEC) to power the following circuits:

Emergency Systems

  • Path/walkway lights
  • Exit/emergency exit lights
  • Fire alarms
  • Fire pumps
  • Hotel/resort room key card readers
  • Doors with magnetic mechanisms
  • Critical safety & life saving equipment on premises

Legally Required Standby Systems

  • Communications & data systems
  • Emergency lights/lighting systems within the building
  • Elevators
  • Ventilation systems
  • Front desk power outlets

Optional Systems

  • Electrical sockets
  • HVAC units
  • Food storage & refrigeration
  • Food processing

Guidelines for installing a commercial generator can be found here:

There are many items to consider when installing a commercial generator for your hotel or resort property, there is one absolute fact – safety and comfort of all guests must be prioritized!

While we have covered the more important aspects of generators for hotels and resorts, if you are looking for more information about commercial generators for hotels or resorts or looking to purchase a generator, please reach out to us at Woodstock Power Company!

Give us a call or send us an email: 610-658-3242 or

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The Woodstock Power Company Experience

We have industry experts that focus on commercial generator sets, with in-depth industry knowledge to help you choose the right generator that fits your needs.

We are industry leaders in buying and selling used generators to fit the needs of many businesses, including commercial, industrial, medical, agricultural, and university. This includes facilities like hospitals, better living centers, nursing home, airports, hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail centers, manufacturing, production, and more.

Our experts are ready to assist you from answering any questions you may have about power generator sets to helping you find the best selection in our inventory based on:

  • Peak & Average Power Requirements
  • Fuel Preference (Natural Gas or Diesel)
  • Portability & Stationary Power
  • Prime & Standby Generator Requirements
  • Available Space & Exhaust Restrictions

We carry only the most top rated new, used, and surplus power generator sets for sale, providing you with a great value generator that will fit your budget.

Our generators have been thoroughly inspected, serviced, and verified, which ensures that you will be buying a quality generator that you can depend on. If a generator is not up to par with industry standards, we make all necessary repairs or modifications, and fully test every generator before we sell. This ensures a full turnkey generator that’s ready to fire up and go!

Due to our wide selection of generator sets, we’re confident that we can find the model that best suits your operational needs and budget.

We also buy used generators in good quality, if you have already upgraded and you’re looking to sell your older model.

Feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or inquiries to learn more about the Woodstock Power Company experience and the quality level of products & services we provide.

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